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Seed Funding Program Highlights ‘Campus as Living Lab’ Workshop

AUG. 11, 2017 — Transforming university campuses into “living laboratories” is a timely, important issue for sustainability research and education, as well as campus sustainability enhancement.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Illini Room A, iSEE is hosting a workshop to explore ways to more closely tie Illinois’ robust research expertise with its campus environmental goals. Faculty and research-related administrators of all disciplines are welcome to:

  • Learn about campus sustainability projects in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) — and how many could be connected to national research funding programs;
  • Hear from colleagues about research projects that already tie into campus sustainability and/or use campus as a “living laboratory”; and
  • Get information on an exciting new seed funding program from iSEE to tie campus sustainability-related, faculty-led research projects into major national research funding programs!

The Illinois campus has committed to promoting and achieving sustainability via hundreds of campus projects tracked online in the iCAP Portal. These projects, many based on unique facilities and programs on campus, have great potential to develop into research and education efforts targeting external resources.

Many of these projects also could use research support to come to fruition. Recently, iSEE has mapped the relevance of more than 500 iCAP projects to a number of national research funding programs. Meanwhile, a number of research projects on campus have already shown promising connections to iCAP projects.

This workshop, led by iSEE Associate Director for Campus Sustainability Ximing Cai, will explore how to integrate campus sustainability with research and education so that the three elements can benefit each other.

The workshop is free, but registration is required by Oct. 1; sign up on our web form today! >>>

Examples of crossover research/campus sustainability projects include (a sampling will be presented at the workshop):

  1. Using the Gable Home — An award-winning solar house for research and education into sustainable living, Mark Taylor
  2. Abbott Power Plant serving as a testbed for cutting-edge research on next-generation carbon capture, Kevin O’Brien
  3. Biological growth and community structure shifts in tap water during stagnation in indoor plumbing, Wen-Tso Liu
  4. Characterization and mitigation of rapid renewable energy variation for improved electricity grid support, Phil Krein
  5. Real-time meter data calibration tool, Yun Kyu Yi
  6. Attacking supercomputers through targeted alteration of environmental control: A data driven case study, Ravishankar K Iyer
  7. Behavioral interventions for campus energy consumption, Erica Myers
  8. Agriculture Engineering Science Building Energy (AESB) reduction, Xinlei Wang
  9. Using observed post construction peak discharges to evaluate a hydrologic and hydraulic design model, Boneyard Creek, Champaign and Urbana, Illinois, Thomas Over
  10. High resolution temperature profiling and thermal analysis for geothermal energy; Thermal response test unit for geothermal pilot project, Yu-Feng Forrest Lin
  11. Multifunctional woody polycultures at the University Energy Farm, Sarah Taylor Lovell
  12. Life cycle analysis of food consumption in campus dining halls, Michelle Wander
  13. Food waste prevention on campus, Brenna Ellison